In 2008, Captain Bruce Hays of the Wyoming Army National Guard, was deployed to Afghanistan. Before he left on his mission, he bought a 1959 Chevy Apache pickup truck as a future anniversary gift for his wife. Keeping it a secret, Capt. Hays planned to have the truck fully restored and ready to give to his wife upon his return home. Capt. Hays found someone willing to do the restoration and paid that man $17,000 to have the vehicle completed by the time of his return.
Tragically, Capt. Hays was killed in action on Sept. 17, 2008.